2nd homicide victim ID’d, suspect charged in St. Joseph Co.


CENTREVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Police in Kalamazoo are identifying the 31-year-old bystander who was shot and killed in a double homicide spanning two counties.

Police say Graciela Portillo-Esparza, 31, was shot and killed at a mobile home park in Kalamazoo Thursday night. Officers believe she was not the intended target.

Police say Portillo-Esparza was the first victim of 32-year-old Zachary Patten, who they say killed two people Thursday night in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties before leading authorities on a 12-hour manhunt that stretched two states.

After the first shooting, Patten allegedly traveled to St. Joseph County and forced his way into his ex-wife’s house in Florence Township. He got into a struggle with Shane Richardson, the husband of Patten’s ex-wife, and fatally shot him, according to authorities.

Police said Patten fled to Indiana and turned himself in to police at a grocery store in South Bend. He was later extradited to Michigan.

Patten was formally Monday in a St. Joseph County courtroom on open murder, felony murder, home invasion and felony weapon charges in connection to Richardson’s death.

It’s unknown when or what charges Patten will face in connection to the homicide in Kalamazoo County.

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